If you scour the Internet hard enough, you can find a DIY solution for just about anything. DIY, for the uninitiated, stands for do-it-yourself. There’s nothing coincidental about its popularity rising with the spread of big-box home-improvement stores. Add Pinterest to the mix, and you end up with a lot of people thinking it takes just a little elbow grease and a $50 gift card to turn this:
Even if you could get a visual transformation like that, there’s still a problem: Most DIY “transformations” are Band-Aid solutions, severely limited in their performance and their potential to add lasting value to a home. This is particularly true with countertop makeovers.
One of the most popular DIY solutions for outdated countertops is to just paint and seal them with products designed to look like stone materials. It’s all about first impressions without any consideration of quality. A countertop glazed to mimic stone may give a first impression of stone, but it absolutely will not perform like stone. For example, did you know that given basic care, a quartz countertop—which stands up incredibly well to stains and chipping—can last up to 50 years?
Performance of a countertop material matters just as much as appearance. After all, countertops’ reason for being is to provide work areas and eating areas. Therefore their surface area must perform well against heat, abrasion, sharp objects, and stain-causing foods and drinks. It must stand up well to moisture and to very frequent cleanings, too. Nothing does that as well as stone countertops!
If you are ready to upgrade your countertops, come visit us. In our showroom, you can see the many different countertop materials we offer, including granite, quartz, recycled glass, solid surface, laminate, and more. And while you’re here, you can also see how these materials look with different styles and colors of cabinetry.